Big government leads to abuse of political funds

Freedom New Mexico The freedom to influence and support political candidates by contributing money in election campaigns is under attack. Many, including the Freedom New Mexico, are bothered, and should be, by the disproportionate influence of big money in political campaigns. The problem spans the political spectrum. But the solution isn’t to infringe on constitutional […]

Planning fund meetings to be held

CNJ staff Beginning June 30, Curry County will hold three public hearings to discuss possibilities for use of Community Development Block Grant planning funds. The CDBG program’s purpose is to assist communities in providing essential facilities, decent housing, promoting economic development and maintaining a suitable living environment, according to a press release. Communities are eligible […]

Empty stocking funds: Mrs. S

Today’s Focus: Miss S Household members: 2 Children: 1 Special circumstance: Miss S is having a hard time paying bills because she has been under a doctor’s care and has had some big medical issues. Her holiday hope: Wants to have fun with her child. Clothing needs: Girls shirt and pants size 2-3 toddler, and […]

Make-a-Wish aims to raise funds with musical gala, auction

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Courtesy photo Anastacia Chavez hugs her iCarly pillows in her new iCarly bedroom last year when Make-A-Wish granted that wish. She suffered from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma for two years. Liliana Castillo Jennifer Chavez still tears up when she talks about seeing her daughter smile after fighting Hodgkins lymphoma for two years. Chavez’s daughter, 8-year-old Anastacia Chavez, […]

De Baca, Roosevelt counties receive PILT funds

CNJ staff New Mexico counties will share more than $32 million in federal payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) money, according to a release from U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M. The PILT program, administered by the Department of Interior, compensates counties for federal property that cannot by taxed by local governments, including military bases and […]

Business digest: Leal’s to raise funds for United Way

Leal’s to raise funds for United Way The Leal’s Mexican Restaurant crew is gearing up to give to United Way on Thursday, when 10 percent of sales will go towards United Way of Eastern New Mexico’s fundraising drive. The organization, which funds charities in Curry and Roosevelt counties, reported last week it is at $481,137 […]

Bingaman: New Mexico fire departments to benefit from federal funds

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that eight New Mexico Fire departments will benefit from $584,918 in grant funding from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Assistance to Firefighters Grant program. With the exception of the Velarde Valley, the following New Mexico Fire Departments will receive funding for operations and safety programs […]

Womanless beauty pageant to raise funds for formal wear charity

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Holly Calkins, right, and her mother Erica Calkins look through dresses Saturday at Monarch Formals. Holly Calkins needed a dress for a father daughter ball held at Cannon Air Force Base. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The contestants in the womanless beauty pageant don’t have to sing or dance […]

Education feature: Foundation funds creative, innovative teaching projects

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Clovis teachers don’t have to cut off their creative juices just because budgets are tightening. The Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation was founded three years ago to pay for projects that can be funded outside the district’s regular budget. Becky Rowley, Clovis Community College’s executive vice president, sits on […]

N.M. senators: Bill that funds labs, water projects signed into law

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall today reported that President Obama has signed into law a key spending bill that supports New Mexico’s two national laboratories, the Waste Isolation Pilot Project and a variety of key water-related projects. “When we started this process several months ago, LANL was facing deep cuts to […]

Plans for new middle school press forward

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board has taken the first step for the district and Public School Facilities Authority to move forward on plans to build a new middle school to absorb growth from Cannon Air Force Base. The school board approved educational specifications for a new middle school and […]

Elementaries hosting book fairs

CNJ staff Four Clovis elementary schools are hosting book fairs this week. Funds from the book fairs will go to the schools’ libraries. Lockwood —

Clovis schools receive lighting grants

Freedom New Mexico Clovis Municipal Schools and Clovis Community College are recipients of nearly $200,000 in federal stimulus funds, according to a release from Gov. Bill Richardson’s office. The funding comes from $24 million intended to improve energy efficiency at schools, college, tribes and other agencies across the state. Clovis Municipal Schools received $76,295 for […]

Texico, Fort Sumner schools receive capital outlay money

Freedom New Mexico Texico and Fort Sumner Municipal School districts were awarded money from the Public School Capital Outlay Council Thursday, according to a news release. Texico will get $3.8 million in state funds to renovate its schools and Fort Sumner will receive $5.6 million in state funds to renovate the middle and elementary schools. […]

Bingaman: Two New Mexico organizations awarded federal funds

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today announced that two New Mexico organizations will benefit from funding being awarded through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority will receive $50,000 through HUD’s HOME Technical Assistance program, which helps communities implement housing strategies that lead to more affordable housing in […]

DTV transistion plan waste of federal funds

Freedom New Mexico More than 3 million American households don’t have digital TVs and haven’t prepared for the upcoming demise of analog broadcasting. A converter box that would allow each of these households to keep tuning in after Friday’s deadline usually costs $50 or more. Based on those numbers, we can conclude that closing the […]

More than $26 million in stimulus funds headed to Cannon

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s military bases will receive around $87 million from the stimulus bill for upgrades. The Department of Defense says $28.7 million is headed to Kirtland Air Force Base for 59 projects. Cannon Air Force Base will receive $26.4 million, including $12 million for the construction of a child development […]

Bingaman cosponsors bill to limit executive bonuses

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today offered his support for legislation that discourages excessive bonus compensation by companies that have received significant taxpayer funds from the Troubled Assets Relief program (TARP).

State seeks change to cover federal funds

By Kate Nash: The New Mexican

Military Feature: Cannon lines up for stimulus package funds

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Cannon Air Force Base is jumping on the economic stimulus bandwagon, submitting a wish list of several expansion projects. The U.S. Air Force is in line to receive millions in funding for projects through President Barack Obama’s stimulus package approved Tuesday by the Senate. Obama said he expects a […]